Shetland Fly-drive

  • Bressay lighthouse on Shetland

    View the lighthouse on the picturesque island of Bressay

  • Viking long ship on Shetland

    Travel to Unst to see the island's Viking long ship replica

  • Sea cliffs of Eshaness

    Shetland's coastline is dramatically beautiful

  • Rainbow over Shetland

    Enjoy the unspoiled landscapes of the Shetland islands

  • Swimming seals in Shetland

    If you are lucky, you might even spot some seals

  • Busta-House-Exterior

    Your Shetland hotel dates from the 1500's

  • VShet-Mousa-Broch_Mousa_04

    Shetland's 2000 year old neolithic Mousa Broch

  • VS-Shet-Voe

    The Scandinavian-looking scenic village of Voe

  • RK-Shet-flag

    Shetlanders are very welcoming and proud of their heritage

This is a magical place, with a completely different feel from the rest of Scotland. What's more, the Shetland Isles are experiencing ever increasing popularity thanks to BBC's hit TV series “Shetland” based on Ann Cleeve's gritty, iconic crime stories.

The easiest and quickest route to Shetland is by air, and with regular daily flights taking around ninety minutes from Glasgow or Edinburgh, this is a convenient option to maximise your time in this most unique and remote part of the UK.

Your hire car will give you the opportunity to explore during your three night stay.  The dramatic coastline is never far away, while causeways and short local ferry crossings make trips to neighbouring islands quite possible - the adventurous may even want to head as far north as possible to view the wonderfully-named Muckle Flugga lighthouse.  McKinlay Kidd will provide plenty of suggestions for you.

After collecting your hire car by the airport, you will have ample time to explore with three nights in Shetland.  For this holiday we have selected a comfortable hotel situated right in the centre of the islands and ideally placed to access the many treats that Shetland has in store.  The dramatic cliffs of Eshaness are within a short drive, and this is an ideal location to head north by ferry to Yell and Unst, perhaps to look out to Britain's most northerly point - the Muckle Flugga lighthouse.

Your Hotel

Set on the edge of a village overlooking a peaceful bay, the original, historic building dates from the 1500’s and has benefited from many tasteful additions throughout the centuries.  Low ceilings, winding corridors, steep steps and sloping floors all add to the characterful ambience of the place which, rumour has it, includes its very own ghost.  Guests comment on the friendly welcome and traditional service they have received here, and the hotel even has royal connections: the Queen of England once took afternoon tea in the library.  Less regal guests can enjoy meals in the hotel bar or restaurant, both of which offer high quality, locally-sourced produce. All the bedrooms are individually decorated and named after the surrounding isles, and have views of the bay or the gardens, complete with trees – a rare and welcome occurrence on Shetland.

We can arrange flights from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness or Aberdeen, and connecting services from Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast and Gatwick.

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£525 per person for March £545 per person for April & October, £579 per person for May to September. Prices based on 2 adults sharing a room, for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, 4 days hire of a small manual car and return flights from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

All our holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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From March to October

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  • We enjoyed a wonderful break away. The hotel was good. The car and pick up procedure were excellent. The weather was wonderful, the plane journey unproblematic and Anna at McKinlay Kidd was wonderful.

    - June Marie & Roger, Nottinghamshire
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    - Ron H, Sheffield

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